Food is an important part of life, and how we relate to it matters to God. In this sermon, Adam introduces us to the biblical concept of fasting, pointing out both what it is and what it isn’t. He shows us how fasting can help us enter into God’s perspective and hunger for God’s kingdom.
Sermon Discussion Questions
- Since we started our series on the Sermon on the Mount, how has your perception of Jesus changed and what it means to follow him, or of the Kingdom of God? What has stood out to you, surprised you, or stayed with you?
- As humans, we have a very complex relationship with food, Adam commented. Would you agree? Where do you see complexity in our relationship with food?
- “Our relationship with food matters a great deal to God. Don’t believe for a minute that food has nothing to do with spiritual formation,” Adam argued. Have you ever thought about the fact that our relationship with food is important to God? How might the way we eat relate to our spiritual lives and our spiritual health?
- When might one choose to fast and for what purposes?
- Though it can certainly be practiced in combination with prayer, fasting is not strong-arming God into answering our prayers. What might a spiritually unhealthyapproach to fasting look like, in your opinion, and what might a spiritually healthyapproach look like?
- Reading Isaiah 58:6–10, how might fasting help us better relate to the poor and those suffering injustice, and be more ready to act on their behalf?
- Dallas Willard says, “Fasting is feasting—on the Lord and doing his will.” He also says, “Fasting is the practice of hungering and being homesick for God and his kingdom.” Do either of these statements resonate with you? Which one, and why?
- Fasting can feel daunting, and we may assume there is only one way to do it, but there is not just one way to fast. What are some different ways to fast?
- Take some time to prayerfully consider where fasting (in one form or another) fits into your life, and to let God pique your appetite to feast on his will.